Comelec anticipates 2016 elections to be a mall experience

Posted on November 26, 2015

THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is seeing around two million registered voters out of the estimated 54 million in the country to vote in malls in next year’s elections, as the poll body taps malls nationwide to become venues where the public can cast their votes.

At a forum on Wednesday billed “Transparency 4.0,” organized by Asia Society Philippines and policy think tank International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance, COMELEC chairman Andres D. Bautista said they anticipate this very election scene on Election Day, adding the poll body has partnered with around 159 malls nationwide.

Other participating groups are the Asian Network for Free Elections and the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections.

“This is a logical step up after the successful mall registration that we undertook in the last five months,” Mr. Bautista said.

“We want it [the voting] to be more convenient and comfortable to the voter,” he also said.

The COMELEC official said they will deputize mall security personnel.

Mr. Bautista said the poll body is also ensuring that the malls are not affiliated with any candidate and that owners are not contributing to any campaign. -- Alden M. Monzon